Prayer is none other than an expanding of our hearts in the presence of God.
— John Calvin
The Office of Theology and Worship is readily engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Formation. In cooperation with governing bodies and other church entities, we are able to offer opportunities for experiencing and furthering the work of the Holy Spirit in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rather than providing a "one-size-fits-all" program, our goals in the area of spiritual formation include:
- Publications, such as Hungryhearts, to nurture spiritual growth
- Networks to aid communication across existing spiritual formation programs
- Identifying and developing leadership in spiritual formation
Thomas Merton: Contemplation in Action
by Terrence A. Taylor
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a member of a Roman Catholic monastic community that embraced silence, yet he spoke volumes about the most important spiritual issues of our day. He was an enormously complex man who sought silence, solitude and contemplation while at the same time living an active life that led him to friendships with hundreds of people scattered throughout the world. Although his movement and communication was quite restricted for the 27 years that he was a member of the Cistercian order, he played a key role in shaping historical events by speaking out on important moral issues of his day. His leadership established him as a model for how people of faith from all walks of life can immerse themselves in a spirituality that will naturally give rise to concerns for their fellow human beings and for all of God's creation.Continue reading
Virginia, check out the Book of Common Worship. There's a section in there of prayers and scriptures for use when people are sick and after the death of a loved one that are particularly comforting. These can be terrific guides for your own heart-felt prayers of compassion in the circumstance to help you overcome any shyness in the situation. Thank you for your desire to do your best in ministering to folks in need of your obvious care.
Do you have any suggestions for a book on prayers for opening meetings and also on spiritual encouragement for people in our congregation. I am becoming a deacon and need some help so I can do a good job in being compassionate to people in need.Thank you. Virginia Pleban